Trust for Nature has released its new Statewide Conservation Plan which provides goals and targets for strategic conservation on private land across Victoria over the next decade.
In the face of biodiversity and climate crises it’s more important than ever that scarce resources are placed in the areas where they can have the most impact. An indicative 100,000 ha of Victoria’s nature on privately-owned land will be targeted for protection by 2030. Currently about 110,000 ha of freehold land across Victoria has been protected.
We can’t rely on national or state parks to prevent species extinction. We need the support of landholders to protect nature. One way they can do this is to protect the land permanently with conservation covenants. Putting a conservation covenant on a property is voluntary.
The Plan identifies 18 landscapes (13.5% of all private land in Victoria) across the state that will make the greatest contribution towards conservation on private land, helping to save vulnerable plants and animals.
Pink Cockatoos photo by Fiona Murdoch.